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Does WhatsApp count as social media?

WHATSAPP has become the standard for communicating with colleagues and staying in touch with friends and family.

But is it considered social media? Here’s everything you need to know.

Is WhatsApp Social Media?

The WhatsApp messaging platform has become an indispensable part of our professional and social life.

EVERYONE seems to be on board, and the use of end-to-end encryption means it’s a fairly secure way to chat with your friends.

But would you call it a social media platform? Put simply: it is open to discussion.

Some say it’s social media because it supports many of the features we associate with definition, like creating a profile and the ability to share photos and videos.

Social media doesn't have a clear definition, leading to discussions about which websites and apps could be called social platforms

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Social media doesn’t have a clear definition, leading to discussions about which websites and apps could be called social platformsCredit: Alamy

Others would say that there is a difference between social media apps and messaging apps as with the former you are broadcasting to the world while the latter are mainly used for communicating with one person or a small group.

What is considered social media?

Social media doesn’t have a clear definition, leading to discussions about which websites and apps could be called social platforms.

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The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “websites and computer programs that enable people to communicate and exchange information via a computer or mobile phone on the Internet”.

In general, however, social media refers to platforms that allow people to have a public profile, share content with followers, and interact with others.

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What social media platforms are there?

When social media is referenced in online media, it’s usually in reference to the giants of the industry that many of us use – at least – on a daily basis.

Among them are:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • youtube
  • tick tock

But there are many others, including Pinterest, Snapchat, and the professional network LinkedIn.

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Fry Electronics Team

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